Who am I?
Hey there! My name’s Araminta, and I am the creator behind Financially Mint, the personal finance website to help college students understand what money is all about.
I’m currently a college student living in the chilly but beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland, studying Business and Finance. I work part-time online as a Virtual Assistant, and I help manage my flat with Airbnb as well as attend cool networking events (I have a good collection of business cards).
I’m half Spanish half Scottish and love traveling and exploring: I grew up in Andorra, UK and Spain (it’s a weird combo I know), and for my gap year I was living and working in China and Italy.
Why did I create Financially Mint?
Oh man… so many reasons. I was going through quite a lot of books on my gap year, trying to figure out whether I really wanted to study Politics. Eventually, I hit the personal finance world, and was shocked: It’s really that easy to take control of your money? It’s actually possible to earn money without a job? And wow, there is soooo much I don’t know.
Then, I got pissed. I was so angry that schools weren’t teaching us anything about taxes, credit cards, mortgages. All I ever was told was to earn amazing grades so I could get a good job, and let the rest take care of itself (especially in Spain). And when I realised that there is so much more to life than just a job, I knew I had to discover more and share this message with other students.
Initially I used Financially Mint as a blog to keep track of everything I was learning about and discovering (they’re now called: Money Experiments), but when I realised the lack of information out there specifically for students, I decided to expand and start doing interviews, collaborate with other students and do as much research as possible. You see, I am no expert in the finance world; I am learning along the way, like you, the student. However, once I understand a concept after researching and experimenting it, I am able to explain it well and in actual human words. I’ve done this with my WTF series and now with Student Guides.
What will you get from Financially Mint?
My goal is for students to use Financially Mint as their tool to understanding money and sorting out their finances. I not only want you to have a budget, start saving and be frugal. I also want you to understand the why. Why be frugal? Why budget? Why should I earn more money?
I want you to graduate financially mint (it’ll catch on eventually):
- Ready for the adult world. Savings in place, a good job waiting for you and some goals for the future.
- Financially literate: with a good understanding of what money is all about, why it’s such a fundamental part of our system, and how you can use it to live the life you want.
If you achieve those two states at graduation, you’ll be set for life.
- Go back to the home page and sign up for the free email course: it’ll help you get your finances in order very quickly, and set a good foundation for the future (and you’ll receive some cool emails from me).
- Do some scrolling: check out what you’ll be learning at Financially Mint: making money, saving money, the college basics and graduation.
- Do some more scrolling: all the tools available to learn more about money: interviews, personal college stories, experiments, etc.
- Drop me a message: this website is to help you. My inbox is always open and I will always answer your emails. Nothing makes me happier than helping other students figure out money.
- Put it into practice: buy a finance book, ask some people about investing, get your budget on course. Start learning and practicing. The earlier you start the better!
Let’s all work together and graduate the right way: Financially Mint!